3 Steps to Choosing Your Kitchen Finishes

3 Steps to Choosing Your Kitchen Finishes
Deciding on the finishes for your kitchen cabinet remodel can seem like a daunting task but it need not be so.
Although there are numerous choices to be made, a little forethought, as well as some time and effort beforehand, will make the process much easier.

With those thoughts in mind, here is a quick step-by-step rundown on what main factors you should consider before making a final decision:

The Overall Look

The first question that a homeowner looking to remodel their kitchen cabinets needs to ask is:

“Am I looking for a retro-inspired traditional look, a more modern one or something in between?”

This initial decision will significantly inform the rest of the decision process.

It will also significantly reduce the number of options that will have to be considered in terms of color, fixtures, and inlays.

The Material

While the vast majority of kitchen cabinets are constructed from wood of one variety or another – maple, pine, cherry, and hickory are perennial favorites – there are also a few other options.

Most notably, a homeowner can choose to have Formica overlaid on plywood – a very affordable choice.

In addition, glass can be included in the doors for a very elegant look or metal can be inlaid for a truly contemporary feel.

The Color

Wood cabinets can be painted or stained in any number of colors.

Formica-covered ones are even more versatile as they available in an almost endless variety of customized hues.

Glass doors can be clear, fogged or smoked depending on the owner’s fancy.

There are also a number of ornamental trims that can be included on kitchen cabinetry.

The Appliances

Technically not a cabinetry choice, the appliances you choose will have a major impact on the specific cabinets that you need to order.

For example, a double-oven will need to be housed in a special cabinet while an oven with a cooktop need only be installed between regular kitchen countertops.

Similarly, a kitchen island can merely be used storage or it can hold additional burners, a wine closet or a warming oven.

The Accessories

The handles, knobs, pulls and other fixtures can dramatically change the look of kitchen cabinetry.

Fairly simple ones are usually appropriate for a contemporary setting while more ornate ones complement decors such as French Country.

In either case, choose a quality brand as these fixtures will see the most use of any part of the cabinetry.

As you can see, choosing the right kitchen cabinet finish is a process. It should not be done lightly or quickly as you will probably be living with the result for years to come.

Take your time, consult an expert and then think some more before making a final decision. We will be happy to help throughout the process.

For more detailed advice on choosing the right kitchen finishes to meet your specific needs, please contact us at Lifestyle Cabinetry and Millwork, or reach us directly at 833-782-2227.